Questions about how to store food so as to preserve its freshness and overall quality.

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Refrigerator pickles in plastic?

This year I'm going to try my hand at pickling. I've found recipes for asparagus refrigerator pickles that sound good, but they all say to use mason jars. I have a number of plastic containers that ...
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What should I do with a just-baked lasanga?

I'm a complete cooking newbie. I just made a lasanga from a recipe - or something that looks like a lasanga. However, it will probably only be eaten 3-4 hours from now. What should I do with it in the ...
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What should I set my refrigerator's temperature control's to keep it coldest?

I have a refrigerator with 1 3 7 9 for temperature control. Where should I keep the indicator to keep it coldest? The milk is getting sour.
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Yeast 101: Active Dry Yeast, Instant Yeast, Baking Soda, Baking Powder. Differences and Info [closed]

I'm a little confused as to what are the difference between them, when should I use which? Also, how long is the lifespan and proper care after opening of these products? If I don't bake that often ...
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How fast does pork fat spoil?

I have a mini-oven with a tray I use to fry my bacon for breakfast. Quite a bit of fat leaks out from the bacon onto the tray. It sits there, in room temperature for a day or two, then I put more ...
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Should a sourdough starter be left open/ajar after feeding?

I keep my sourdough starter (spelt) in the fridge and leave it out after feeding it. Should the jar that the starter be kept in be left open/ajar in order to encourage more wild yeast to colonize it - ...
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How should I deal with blood released while thawing meat in the refrigerator?

Saturday I pulled a package of venison from my freezer to thaw and hope to make stroganoff with it tonight. However, this morning I noticed that the package (in a bowl) had really released a lot of ...
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What are the pros and cons of storing bread in various locations?

Why should/shouldn't I store my bread in the fridge/freezer/breadbox/plastic bag/etc?
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Sponge cake with only three ingredients - will this work at all?

I have a recipe for a sponge cake only consisting of sugar, eggs and flour. To be honest, I am a bit afraid to to try it. How can this create a fluffy cake - where does the air come from? Won't it be ...
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How to keep lemons, oranges and grapefruits fresh longer?

I like adding a few drops of citrus juice into my drinks, but they don't usually stay fresh for long in unsqueezed form (if I only cut a small piece and use that) and in juice form (with or without ...
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What is the best way to store stock in the freezer?

What is the best way to store stock in the freezer? I can think of ice cubes and plastic bags, but am looking for other ideas. Also, what would be the optimal portion size?
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Refrigerated lunchboxes turn soggy

When I steam vegetables or boil rice I leave it to cool off for a few hours and then put it into a plastic lunch box and then into the fridge. After a day the vegetables get very soggy with a pool of ...
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At which temperature Parmesan cheese must be transported?

I bought a piece of Parmesan cheese over internet. When it arrived (in a styrofoam box) I measured its temperature and it was 17,8° C (64° F). I think it's too high... Is this OK? What is the ...
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How do I control the quality of a kombucha SCOBY?

I'm starting to make my own Kombucha and have seen scoby with many different colors, shapes, textures, etc. My goal is to have a scoby that produces good probiotics and a taste that is acceptable to ...
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how often is cleaning done in a professional kitchen?

Today I saw Gordon Ramsay Kitchen Nightmares. Regardless of the alleged nature of "reality", he said that fridges at his London restaurant are cleaned twice a day. Is that excessive or in line with ...
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How can I keep chopped fruit fresh for 2-3 hours?

I need to cut up a large amount of fruit for use in a pavlova dessert tomorrow night - although the same question would no doubt apply to a fruit salad or other fresh fruit item. Anyway, I won't have ...
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Can alcohol bottles (especially liquor) be stored on their side?

I have a fairly well-stocked mini-bar, but not a lot of space. I've considered storing the bottles in a drawer, but I've heard that you should store certain alcohol upright. Is this true? If so, ...
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Do pickled sausages need to be refrigerated?

We have a jar of Hannah's Red Hot Pickled Sausages that we just opened last night. I couldn't find any "Refrigerate After Opening" indication anywhere on the jar, so we left them out overnight. I'm ...
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preservation of uncooked dill pickles

I have used an old German dill pickle receipe forever that doesn't use a water bath. I make brine and boil, pour over prepared jars, put on heated lids and leave them to seal on their own. These are ...
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dry garlic in oil --> botulism risk?

My girlfriend and I are thinking of preparing some flavored oils for Christmas presents this year (don't tell anyone!). We've read online that fresh garlic presents a health hazard when stored at room ...
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What ingredients can be used to prevent rapid ice cream melting?

I added Guar gum and xanthane gum when I made ice cream, but 15% of it still melted before I put the ice cream in the fridge. What ingredients can I use to prevent my ice cream from melting this ...
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How can I prepare dried minced garlic?

I have a container of minced garlic similar to this: My question is can I mince fresh garlic, then allow it to dry on a plate and add it to the container? Or is there a special way of preparing ...
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Storing chocolate at home in the summer

In the summer while I'm at work I'd like to set the temperature of my small apartment higher--roughly 83 degrees as per US department of energy recommendations. I'm planning on keeping it between ...
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How can I preserve an orange (peel) for as long as possible?

Not really cooking-related, but I thought I might ask here anyway. I got some signatures on an orange, and want to preserve them for as long as possible. Should I peel the orange? Freeze it? I heard ...
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Botulinum Toxin in Home-Canned Green Beans

I was given a jar of home-canned green beans. The method of canning is unknown. Wikipedia says: Botulinum toxin is denatured at temperatures greater than 80 °C (176 °F).[27] Proper ...
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How should I store herb butter?

I tried just keeping it in a tightly-closed container in the refrigerator, but soon it was moldy. I've read this question, which seems to indicate that ordinary butter should keep safely for weeks ...
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How to freeze cabbage?

I have a glut of home-grown cabbage at the moment, more than I can eat before it goes bad! Is there any way to freeze cabbage (raw, cooked, whole, shredded...) or would I have to make gallons of ...
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What's the best way to store unused sushi rice?

Let's say, I only want to make 1 sushi roll right now. Is there a good way to store the rest of the rice for tomorrow's rolls? And what about storing the nori?
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storing liquor in cabin for the winter--quality loss?

I stocked up on a few mid-range "nice" whiskeys, scotches, and cognacs ($50-70 bottles) while visiting my summer cottage this summer but will likely not finish off all the bottles before I leave in a ...
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What is the correct temperature for storing home-made frozen yogurt?

I have made frozen yogurt for the first time yesterday. It was stored overnight in the freezer at -18°C (-0.4°F). When I checked it this morning it had solidified a lot more than I had expected. Is ...
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Can I substitute whole anchovies for anchovy paste?

I have several recipes that call for anchovy paste; I think they're typically vinaigrettes. They don't carry the paste at Trader Joe's so I bought a small can of whole anchovies. Can I substitute ...
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How to store cooked / stir-fried egg noodle leftovers?

I have still quite a good quantity of cooked egg noodles and I'm wondering what's the best way to store them and how long will they last? (It's mixed with chicken, bok choy, and carrots.) And also, ...
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What to do about beetle infestation of wheat products? How do we prevent reinfestation?

Today my wife went to make some bread. She noticed some very small insects in the whole wheat and regular flour. Upon further inspection, many of our wheat based products were infested with these ...
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Can you refrigerate unbaked quiche for baking the next morning?

Can I put my quiche together the night before with an unbaked crust, refrigerate over night, and then bake it off the next morning?
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What is the best way to store fresh berries?

I have been buying fresh berries from the store on the weekends, and am looking for the best way to make them last throughout the week for use as either a snack or as a component for salads. The ...
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Is it safe to store oils, vinegars and other sauces in reused gourmet oil tins?

I'm trying to find a solution to counter-top storage of oils (olive, sesame, fish) and other sauces (balsamic, soy) that I use frequently. I was thinking of reusing some of the tin containers that ...
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Why do bananas turn black in the refrigerator?

I've noticed that a banana in the refrigerator will turn pitch black in just a few hours. Why is this?
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Does a home produce refrigerator exist?

It seems there are many foods that benefit from 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit / 10 to 15 degrees Celsius storage temperature--herbs, peppers, tomatoes, etc. As it stands, I store tomatoes and some ...
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What's the trick to wrapping tightly in plastic wrap?

In grocery stores, they seem to have some trick for wrapping produce and other items tightly in what appears to be standard household plastic wrap. At home, I always struggle to get a nice airtight ...
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can I make a dry ingredient waffle mix with dry egg powder & powdered milk?

I want to make a dry waffle mix that you can store and later just add water to make ready. is it possible to do it with all dry ingredients?
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Does a head of lettuce really need to be refrigerated?

At the grocery store here in Germany I saw that lettuce isn't refrigerated. So I brought a head home and it's been in my pantry for 3 days and it seems fine... The English speaking internet says ...
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Fresh basil storage

How should fresh basil be stored? The packaging suggests that the optimal temperature is around 50°F, but I can't think of anywhere in an average kitchen at that temperature. A pantry is too warm, and ...
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What kind of food should be stored in a refrigerator's “snack pan” drawer?

(This may be a silly question, but I'll ask anyway since I am curious about this.) We have an older fridge and it has a drawer labeled "snack pan." I'm not sure how to understand "snack" here. ...
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How to store salted cod?

Salted cod is a famous dish in Portugal and I would like to prepare it. It is common here to see the whole of a fish (well, without head, guts etc obviously) in supermarkets - like this: Wikipedia ...
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Which food items lose taste in the fridge? [closed]

Nowadays most people put everything in the fridge simply because a lower temperature is associated with a longer lifetime. While this is true in most cases, in some it may have a negative effect on ...
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Can heavy cream be frozen?

Sometimes, I want to try a recipe that calls for a small amount of heavy cream. Can the remainder be frozen and then used to make whipped cream? If so, how long will it keep in the freezer?
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Is there a reason to peel onions for storage or sale?

I typically try to buy organic onions. Recently the only organic onions that are available are already peeled (i.e., have the outer papery skin removed). Why is this being done? Presumably there ...
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Should peanut oil be stored in the fridge?

I know walnut oil should be stored in the fridge. Is the same also true for peanut oil?
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How long does the cream in a freshly baked chicken pie last for?

I am planning on baking a chicken pie that contains double cream tonight and serving it two days later. How long does the cream in the freshly baked pie last for? Do you think it will be still okay ...
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My ginger is moist and floppy… has it spoiled?

I have a piece of raw ginger root which I bought a couple of weeks ago and stored in the produce drawer of my fridge. I always store my ginger root this way, and it remains usable for weeks. Today I ...